By CysterWigs’ Contributor
Ask anyone who has ever experienced an anxiety attack; they’d say their symptoms feel more physical than emotional. Often times, anxiety and depression send both the brain and body into survival mode. When feelings of stress or trauma are present from being brought on by a stressful life event, anxiety tends to manifests itself into symptoms immediately or even years after the event has occurred. This can often result in a variety of physical symptoms including panic attacks, headaches, pounding heart, breathing problem, high blood pressure, upset stomach, muscle aches, and extreme fatigue.
Chronic long-term anxiety and depression can eventually produce serious strain or even damage on the body if gone untreated. So, it’s essential to identify and treat emotional stress immediately.
How can you decrease feelings of anxiety? Here are some simple solutions.
Make a playlist of songs that make you feel strong or peaceful.
Music is often used as a common coping mechanism to put listeners into a calmer state of mind. Nothing seems to work better than taking deep breaths and focusing on the positive lyrics of the right songs.
Work it out.
Take yoga classes or start walking/jogging. Cardio exercise will allow you to temporarily separate yourself from the thoughts that are making you anxious. During times of physical activity, you’ll get the opportunity to clear your mind, release tension, and think of healthier solutions for what may be bothering you.
Practice self care.
Whether it’s as simple as taking a nap, soaking in a bubble bath, or going out with a group of friends—take the extra time for yourself. Indulge in the activities that make you genuinely happy. And when things get hectic, step away, shut off your phone, and go somewhere peaceful and quiet to relax and recharge.
Write it down.
When your mind feels as if it’s running a marathon, the best way to organize your thoughts is to write them down. Writing out your frustrations and fears will allow you to self-reflect and meditate. You’ll also be able to monitor your moods and stay in tune with any possible triggers so you can take the appropriate steps to heal.
Do some cleaning.
Getting rid of any clutter in your living spaces can eliminate the negative, chaotic atmosphere you may have around you. Throwing away old clothing, cleaning out a medicine cabinet, or doing a deep clean of any surface in your home, can help relieve anxiety. You can even blast an upbeat playlist while you’re working to make your cleaning session more manageable!
These are just a few simple things you can do to help alleviate anxiety. If you feel like your anxiety is consuming you, it’s okay to seek out the help of a professional. Don’t struggle alone. Anxiety affects nearly 40 million adults in the United States. The good news is, when you seek help, most anxiety disorders are treatable. So reach out and get the help you need so you can get better.